A few weeks ago I got into trouble for claiming it was difficult to find a hotel in Las Vegas that didn’t charge a resort fee.
Guess I’m not the only one who feels that way.
Harrah’s Entertainment Las Vegas resorts thinks no resort fees is news. Big news.
I’m not kidding. Here’s the press release I just received:
Reap the Benefit of No Resort Fee
Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s, Rio, Imperial Palace, Flamingo and Harrah’s Las Vegas
Jan. 13, 2010 (LAS VEGAS) —Harrah’s Entertainment Las Vegas resorts offer guests the excitement and value of the Las Vegas Strip, without the excessive fees. The Las Vegas properties, including Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Imperial Palace and Harrah’s, do not impose mandatory resort fees attached to a room reservation.
Harrah’s Entertainment Las Vegas resorts exclude mandatory resort fees, thus allowing guests to allocate their budget toward entertainment, dining, shopping or room upgrades rather than amenities that they may not use or desire. Many Strip resorts outside of the Harrah’s Entertainment Las Vegas portfolio of resorts have implemented such fees. These resorts offer competitive promotional rates; however, in many instances, an additional resort fee is assessed when booking the reservation online. In some cases, the fee may be in excess of 40 percent of the base room rate.
Resort fees range in price and services depending on the hotel and may include access to complimentary internet, bottled water, daily newspapers or use of the property’s fitness center. The amenities may or may not be of value to the guest; however, the fee remains intact regardless of use.
Guests of Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s, Rio, Imperial Palace and Harrah’s Las Vegas can remain confident that the competitive rates booked on the internet are an accurate reflection of the actual room cost per night (plus room tax), with no additional surprise fees.
Interesting. So here’s a big hotel company calling resort fees “excessive.” Gee, I wonder what their competitors on the Strip think about that?
I did a double-take on the 40 percent of the base rate statement. Can someone please tell me which hotel that is?
So resort fees are evil, and now a big Las Vegas resort has said as much.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
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